Vivitar 28-200mm F3.5-5.6 A-mount lens review by matzze

reviewer#10298 date: Jun-13-2012
sharpness: 3.5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.1
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP24MP24 MP36MP36 MP42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony SAL1855
Sony SAL35F18
EXAKTA 72-210 F4.5
price paid:30 € (used)
positive:very cheap
nice range (walkaround lens)
very good build
if stopped down good sharpness
negative:wide open, very bad sharpness
slide zoom
can only focus greater 1,9m distance
comment:Mine is branded EXAKTA 28-210 F.3.5-5.6 MC. First I was very disappointed about the very bad sharpness and thought even 30 € are too much for it. But then I played around with it a little and have to say, it´s not that bad at all. If you stop down 3 or 4 steps you can get very nice pictures. With nearly excellent results at the sweet spot around 100mm. So my result is very cheap possibility as walkaround lens if you can live with higher isos cause of stopping down and the focus distance of 1,9m. Anyway I watched other pictures of Sony SAL18250 and have to say wide open they are also not very good only the center is sharp and this lens is 16 times more expensive. So as all zooms with that range, if you don't want to change lenses or carry them around stick with the losses, cause you can't avoid them. Here some test shots.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 6
  • sharpness: 3.92
  • color: 3.83
  • build: 4.83
  • distortion: 4.00
  • flare control: 3.67
  • overall: 4.05 - Home of the alpha system photographer
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